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Recommended for high school libraries with adequate funds and academic or larger public libraries.
Although there are other reference materials on global warming, the formatting and the emphasis on context make this encyclopedia particularly suitable for students, and it is recommended for high-school, public, and college libraries.
The Encyclopedia of Global Warming is recommended for secondary school with environmental science curriculum and for public libraries.
The variety and scope of the topics examined in this set make it an important addition for science collections.
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Editor: Steven I. Dutch,
University of Wisconsin
December 2009 · 3 volumes
1,212 pages · 8"x10"
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
Complete, authoritative coverage of the science, policy, and social issues surrounding global warming and climate change.
The Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
Designed to provide students at the high school and undergraduate levels with a convenient source of information on the fundamental science and sociopolitical issues, including the debates and controversies, surrounding climate change. The study of climate change involves not only scientists but also politicians, policy makers, businesses, government and nongovernment agencies, and the general public. A student attempting to understand both the environmental science and social issues and controversies will encounter not just scientific terms and concepts but political organizations, geographic areas, social concepts, persons, countries, organizations, and laws as well.
The essays in the set fall into one or more of the following broad categories: animals, Arctic and Antarctic, astronomy, chemistry and geochemistry, climatic events and epochs, conferences and meetings, cryology and glaciology, diseases and health effects, economics, industries, and products, energy, environmentalism, conservation, and ecosystems, ethics, human rights, and social justice, fossil fuels, geology and geography, laws, treaties, and protocols, meteorology and atmospheric sciences, nations and peoples, oceanography, organizations and agencies, physics and geophysics, plants and vegetation, pollution and waste, popular culture and society, science and technology, transportation, and water resources.
ORGANIZATION AND FORMAT
Essays in the encyclopedia range in length from 400 to 2,000 words. They appear in one of six major formats:
Term essays begin by defining a term and then explain its significance for climate change.
Overview essays provide broad overviews of a scientific, policy, or social phenomenon or debate. They include a list of key concepts related to the topic, followed by background, several topical sections, and a concluding section explaining the climatological context of the topic.
Organization essays provide the date of establishment of the organization, the URL of its official Web site, and discussions of its mission and significance for climate change.
Biographical essays provide the profession, birth date, birthplace, death date, and death place of their subjects, followed by descriptions of their life and climate work.
Top-Twenty Emitter essays provide information on each of the twenty nations with the highest annual emissions of greenhouse gases. These essays begin with a list of key facts, including the population, area, gross domestic product, and annual greenhouse gas emissions of the country, as well as its Kyoto Protocol status. They then provide discussions of the historical and political context of the nation's climatic impact, continue with the nation's relevant contributions to global warming and to international action, and conclude with a summary and foresight of the nation's future commitments and likely actions.
Law and Treaty essays provide the date of passage or ratification of their subjects, as well as lists of all participating nations. They continue with discussions of background, summary of provisions, and significance for climate change.
Each essay longer than 400 words concludes with an annotated bibliography of suggestions for further reading, and all essays include an author byline and a list of cross-references to other related essays in the set.
Several features distinguish this series as a whole from other biographical reference works. The front matter includes the following aids:
Abbreviations and Acronyms: Each volume includes a list explaining the abbreviations and acronyms used in essays throughout the set.
Common Units of Measure: Measurements in the body of the set are in metric units only. Each volume's front matter includes a table converting metric/SI units into imperial units for the user's convenience.
List of Tables, Maps, and Sidebars: The set includes 149 textual sidebars, tables, graphs, charts, maps, and other elements that illustrate or expand upon the essays with key supplementary information. A list of all such elements appears in the front matter of each volume.
Complete Table of Contents: This list of the contents of the entire set appears in all three volumes.
Categorized List of Contents: Each volume also includes a complete list of contents by category, to aid the reader in finding all essays relevant to a particular broad topic.
The back matter to Volume 3 includes several appendixes and indexes:
Biographical Dictionary of Key Figures in Global Warming: A compendium of the people most influential in shaping discoveries, debates, and actions involving climate change.
Popular Culture About Global Warming: A list of major books, films, television programs, and other mass media portraying global warming for a popular audience.
Time Line: A chronology of all major events relating to human understanding of and response to climate change.
Glossary: A complete glossary of technical and other specialized terms used throughout the set.
General Bibliography: A comprehensive list of works on climate change for students seeking more information on the subject.
Web Sites: A list of Web resources, including the official Web sites of key organizations, as well as online databases and other sources of information.
Subject Index: A comprehensive index to all concepts, terms, events, persons, places, phenomena, and other topics of discussion.